Battelle Starlight

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Starlight Information Visualization System is an information visualization and analysis tool developed by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL).[1] Starlight was produced by PNNL and Batelle prior to 2006, but Future Point Systems acquired the rights to jointly distribute Starlight with PNNL in 2006.[2][3] Since licensing and distribution for the product is currently handled by Future Point Systems (FPS), users must contact FPS in order to purchase the product.[4]

Starlight is able to "capture and graphically portray relationships among multiple pieces of information of various types, such as text documents, database records, images, maps, and Web pages."[5] Starlight is made up of a "collection of Windows applications and services configured in a client-server architecture,"[6] and main features of the system include:[7]

  • Maps in GeoTiff format[8]
  • Information fusion among disparate data sets
  • Import of commonly-used file types, including Microsoft Office documents (Excel, Power Point and Word), PDF documents, txt files, HTML, CSV files, PST files, ZIP files, and XML
  • Social Network Analysis (SNA)
  • Simultaneous visualizations:
    • Free-text clustering/summarization
    • Network analysis
    • Hierarchical organizations
    • Geospatial relationships
    • Temporal relationships
    • Category memberships
    • Link Charting/Knowledge Manager
    • Multi-dimensional correlation of structured data
  • Project sharing for collaboration by multiple users
  • Search and data filtering capabilities
  • Standalone client or client/server implementation
  • Integration with Google Earth
  • Web reporting to disseminate findings


  1. "Visualization Capabilities Overview." PNNL website, Accessed September 22, 2011.
  2. "Starlight Information Visualization System." Wikipedia website, Accessed September 23, 2011.
  3. Reid, Hal. "Starlight Overview and Interview with Battelle’s Brian Kritzstein." Directions Magazine. Published March 8, 2005. Accessed September 23, 2011.
  4. "FAQ: How much does Starlight software cost?" PNNL website, Accessed September 23, 2011.
  5. "FAQ: What is Starlight?" PNNL website, Accessed September 23, 2011.
  6. "FAQ: What hardware does Starlight run on?" PNNL website, Accessed September 23, 2011.
  7. "Products." FPS website, Accessed September 23, 2011.
  8. "FAQ: What type of Maps does Starlight use?." PNNL website, Accessed September 23, 2011.

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